Firstly a shout goes out to fellow record head FAB from Germany, what's up dude.
He emailed me a week or two ago through DISCOGS asking if I was happy to sell my 45rpm 7" copy of RAPPERS RAPP THEME by RAPPERS RAPP GROUP (see DISCOGS link). FAB already owns most, if not all of the 12" releases on the RAPPERS RAPP DISCO label based in California, which is more than can be said for myself. But he had spotted the 7" promo release and was hungry to own a copy.
I was in no way going to part with my only copy (there's a story behind my finding this 45) but as FAB had asked me so darn politely, I told him that I knew of a copy lurking in the basement of a North London record shop, namely FLASHBACK in ISLINGTON. And as politeness seems thin on the ground these days, I thought I would offer to grab the copy if it was still there on my next North London mission. Two weeks later, and luckily for FAB, I hit FLASHBACK for another dig and found the RAPPERS RAPP 7" still hiding in the DISCO 7"s section. And at a ridiculous price of £1.99, less than 3 bucks. Now I am a firm believer in record karma, and it seemed right to offer to send the almost mint copy on to FAB in Germany as a favour. The postage was a similar price, so I thought hey let's do a good deed for the day and send it on for free. I don't personally know FAB, nor had I spoken with him before this DISCOGS encounter. But he asked politely and was rewarded for being that way.
Plus I like the idea of helping someone complete their label collection. Now before you all start emailing me in the hope of a freebie record here and there, I'm writing this to make a point rather than to encourage hundreds of vinyl requests. That point is, always be polite, remember your Ps and Qs, and karma will always look after you. Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. Damn it sounds like I'm on some bible steez now, but I'm sure you get my message.
Enjoy the record FAB.
Oh and as for the other story, about me finding my copy. Well, that's a painful one. A few years back SOUNDS FAMILIAR record shop in ROMFORD was closing down, which was such a shame as it was one of my best vinyl haunts over the years, and not everyone knew about it. Anyway, they had a box full of minty RAPPERS RAPP 7"s which I only discovered the week they closed. I mean there must have been over 50 in the box. Like an idiot I only grabbed 2 copies at a pound each, and traded one of those later that year. WHY OH WHY didn't I make an offer for the whole box?? Hindsight is a wonderful thing. KD